Neethlingshof Estate Malbec is a rarity, a 100% Malbec from South Africa. The Neethlingshof estate in Stellenbosch takes its name from its 19th century owner, Marthinus Laurentius Neethling, who served as mayor of Stellenbosch and was a member of the Cape Parliament. A member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, acknowledged for its protection of indigenous habitat, the 378 ha winery has set aside 127 ha for conservation. It cultivates both red and white varietals, with the bias marginally in favour of whites. The major red varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec and Pinotage. The predominant soil types found on the farm are Oakleaf and Tukulu.
The vineyards for Neethlingshof Estate Malbec, established on Tukulu and Villafonté soils, are located on a westerly slope between 120m and 150m above sea level. They receive supplementary irrigation through a drip system only when necessary. After harvest and crushing the juice remains on the skins for 24 hours. Fermentation takes place in rotation tanks and is completed in small barrels. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is matured in oak barrels prior to bottling.